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Mosaic Art on Display

My aim for this year was to get my work displayed in a Gallery. I am therefore delighted that part way through the year and I am now in 3 venues.

The North East Art Collective is a fantastic, large gallery in the centre of Newcastle that displays the work of over 140 artists. There I have a range of my mosaic mirrors, my long, thin panels and some larger pieces.

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop in St. Margarets, Twickenham asked me to continue to exhibit my work after I displayed and demonstrated with them for Richmond Open Studios in July. A lovely local coffee shop in a delightful leafy setting, this place has a terrific atmosphere and incredibly friendly staff.   I am showing my long panels, my small wall hangings and some fun pieces.

South Street Gallery is a new, small gallery. Set in picturesque Isleworth in an historical square, this Gallery is set to make an impact in the area as Artisitic Director Lesley had innovative plans for exhibitions and community events. As I have shelf space I am able to display my mosaiced recycled roof tiles, small pictures and coasters.

During my travels over the years I have often felt that mosaic art is either totally missing or poorly represented in galleries and exhibitions. It is therefore very refreshing and rewarding for me to be in these 3 venues that are run by artistic and forward thinking people who are open to mosaic as an art form and willing to try something different. They have all been extremely encouraging and welcoming to me as a mosaic artist and it is great to be working with them.

REQUEST: Do you know of any experimental gallery owners who may be interested in displaying my mosaic art?

COMING SOON: Mosaic Lessons – why not have a go yourself!?

 

 

 

Rosanna’s Mosaics – International!

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Quentin the Lizard

The first proper commission I ever made was Quentin the Lizard that went to live in France with Nicol and John. I received an email earlier this year from their neighbours, Louise and Marucs, who had always admired Quentin and asked if I could make them an outdoor mosaic.

They wanted a large cross to go on their outside wall which gets lashed with rain in winter and then baked in the sun during summer. I knew this meant I couldn’t use my usual outdoor plywood as the wood was likely to warp so I was on a quest to find an alternative material. Fellow mosaic artist Sue Edkins suggested Hardie Bakker Board which is a very tough, composite substance, that is often used to line shower and wet rooms. This seemed the perfect material for this project.

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French Cross

Louise and Marcus came round and we discussed the style and effect they wanted to achieve for their cross. We settled on a subtle colour palette of muted shades including tans and moss greens. I used ceramic matt tiles with a few glass tesserae to lift it and add shine. They also said they wanted the Vendee symbol included in the piece as this was the ‘symbol’ for the region of France where the cross was going to go – a bit like our Yorkshire & Lancashire roses. I have always been a bit wary of ‘writing’ or putting symbols into mosaics as it is quite fiddly and if not done well, can look a bit sloppy. However, they were very keen and the client is always right so I took up the challenge! By setting the Vendee in a clear area, it seemed to work quite well and I am pleased with the results.  Whew, another challenge under the belt!

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Vendee symbol

It was a lovely piece to make and very different from the recent Marple Mosaic commission. I think I have made a pretty good job with the Vendee and when Louise and Marcus came to collect the piece, they were delighted. It is now in situ and here are some photos of it in it’s new French home.

 

I now have 2 mosaic pieces living in France, a growing number of mosaic lizards living all over the world and I have given mosaic lessons to people that now live in Mexico and New Zealand.  I think I can claim the title and now say that I am Rosanna’s Mosaics International!

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COMING SOON: Mosaic art for sale

Mosaics and Marketing

cropped-p1050225.jpgObviously I love making the mosaics, but I also really enjoy all the marketing, networking and PR that is required if you want to reach a wider audience, which I certainly am hoping to do with the help of this website and word of mouth.

cropped-p1040920.jpgThat is part of the reason I enjoy having exhibitions and getting into new venues so much as I love creating the posters, flyers, press releases and going out on the network circuit to promote them. I enjoy the whole process and project. 

New Website,  New Logo

New Logo Colours

During my mosaic journey I have had a variety of business cards and flyers in various colours and designs although I do like the  ‘mosaic tile’ effect and think it works well for me. I am hoping my latest business card has gone up a notch and will appeal to my target audience of gallery owners / people wanting commissions.

A few Blogs ago I gave a mention to Louise from Ealing Digital who set up this website to help me market Rosanna’s Mosaics to my target audience. However, an even bigger ‘THANK YOU’ must go to Dr. Simon Davey who has in fact created 5 websites over the course of the years for me! 

Simon works with , young people, small business and the voluntary sector, his strapline is  ‘Empowering, enabling, educating… empathically.’

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Dr Simon Davey

I first met Simon when I was working with Business in the Community. He created a website for my ProHelp Programme, which  brokered professional skills into the voluntary sector – amounting to £1 million pounds worth in one  year.

When I  went self employed, Simon set me up again with a website. Although I don’t do my professional work any more, I know a lot of people want to know what I did before mosaics took hold so I can direct them to that website and people can see the type of professional work I got involved in: www.conkerconsulting.co.uk

Original Logo Colours

Original Logo Colours

When I got into mosaics it was time to call  in Simon again and ask him to work his website magic. He created my first artistic website which  was a new challenge for him as it was a departure from his usual client’s requirements.It is still out there in cyberspace, do have a look to see how I have evolved over the years. That site will be coming down later in the year but for now it is still available on www.rosannasmosaics.co.uk

Simon has remained a good friend and was extremely helpful when I was making the difficult transition from employed to self employed and again from professional to artistic. Do have a look at the incredible work he does and here are some of his quotes from his website:

  • simon2“I lead projects. I take an idea and turn it into a plan and then build a small team to make it happen and get on with it.
  • Most of my work is with young people or technology. Sometimes both.
  • Big picture and attention to detail – it gets me out of bed in the morning and gives me a reason for living.
  • Think of me as a catalyst and a lighter of fires. I want the world to be a better place for me being in it.”

REQUEST:  Who do you know that could benefit from working with Simon? 

COMING SOON: New month, new news!

 

July Review

As we come towards the end of July I realise that it has been a very busy and productive month for Rosanna’s Mosaics. So here is an update of activities.

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The Gallery in Newcastle

I really enjoy being in such a prestigious gallery,  The North East Collective , which is in the Newcastle main shopping centre. John and Catherine are lovely and friendly and I always get a great welcome when I pop in. I have also sold 4 pieces so things are looking very positive.

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, with Steph

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, with Steph

It was great fun taking part in Richmond Open Studios for the second year and it was lovely to have my work displayed in Harris + Hoole coffee shop at St. Margarets. I demonstrated on both Sundays and got a lot of interest in my work and mosaic lessons as well as making some sales. Owner Steph has kindly invited me to remain exhibiting in Harris + Hoole so my work is now on show and on sale there. It is fantastic to be showing my work in such a friendly and busy venue.

I have now been Blogging for a year. I really enjoy it and hope to  attract more Followers. One of the main reasons for Blogging was to get myself known further afield and to get into some Galleries. So far I am in 2 new venues so I think we can call that a result!

To help me with my marketing I have got some newly designed  Business Cards with my new Logo. I wanted to raise my profile a bit more and think that the  new style is more in keeping with my target audience of Gallery owners and exhibiting opportunities. Do let me know what you think.

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New Logo

My First Mosaic

My First Mosaic

So it is 8 years ago this month that my friend Julia got me to make my first mosaic!  Although I enjoyed making the small coaster (it took me all afternoon!), I did not think I would do any more. How wrong a person can be! Thank you Julia, I will be forever be grateful for you saying “Do you like mosaics” (not really), “Would you like to make one” (Hmmm, no, but it’s a long time til we have supper so I may as well).  The rest, as they say, is history!!!!

So my shed has no official name but is being used on a very regular basis for mosaics making (as well as gardening) so sometimes it is ‘The Grout House’ and other times ‘The Cutting Room’. I am currently spending a lot of time in there making a New Commission that I have received for a piece that will be going to France. Watch this space as I hope to have photos soon.

All Original Shop

All Original Shop

I have (reluctantly) decided it is time to leave the All Original shop where I have been selling my mosaics since it first opened in March 2013.  I do feel very sad about this as I have been with Catherine from the start of her journey when she first phoned me up and said ‘I may have done the most impulsive thing, but I am taking a lease on a shop‘. Since then the shop has gone from strength to strength and  is now well established in Ealing as the place to buy unique gifts. My decision to leave has been a long time in coming as I love being part of the All Original family. However, I do feel my mosaic work is becoming more ‘art’ than ‘craft’ and a Gallery and exhibition environment is more suited to where I want to be, going forward.

A find farewell to Catherine and her team including Laura, Jane, Gill, Vanessa and Emma.  Thank you to Catherine for all your help and support over the last two and a half years.  I will still be popping in to buy gifts and to keep in touch.

REQUEST:  If you enjoy this Blog, please pass it on to others as I would like to get more Followers.

COMING SOON: What would YOU like to hear about? Let me know the type of things (mosaic wise) you are interested in reading about, is it lessons, commissions, upcoming events? Either leave a reply below or contact me on email.

 

 

Name The Shed Competition

P1050061Regular readers will know that Alan bought me a shed for my birthday and my aim is to use it for gardening and mosaicing. Already I seem to be spending a lot of my time in it.  As well as the above it has also been used for evening drinks and breakfasts catching the early morning sunshine! I am currently working on a new commission and it is providing the ideal space for spreading out all my tiles and equipment.

Calling it a ‘shed’ does not seem to do it justice, it needs a proper name. Lots of people have made suggestions and I said in the previous Blog we would have a competition. So here we go:

Listed below are the suggestions:

Mosaic Mansion

Rosanna’s Retreat

RHS Ealing (Rosanna Henderson’s Shed – Ealing)

Hendo’s Hideaway

The Log Cabin (see previous Blog)

The Mole Hole (Mosaic / Leisure)

The Studio Shed

The Garden Room

The Grout House

The Creative Cabin

The Craft Cabin

The Room of Requirements (as in Harry Potter)

The Cutting Room

REQUEST: To vote for your favourite, either ‘Leave a Reply below or email me

COMING SOON: ……..and the name of the Shed is ****

 

 

 

 

Open Studios 2015

It has been a great experience being part of ARThouse Richmond Open Studio again this year.

Arthouse blue thumbnailThe event was held over the past 2 weekends with over 500 varied artists opening their studios or exhibiting in venues in  the Royal Borough of Richmond. This annual event has been running for 20 years and is extremely well organised by Richmond Arts Service. Well done to Lucy, Carla and all the team and volunteers who co-ordinated it all and provided us  with such great publicity, marketing materials and assistance. I am sure you must be delighted with the great success the event has been.

The demonstration piece

The demonstration piece

I exhibited my mosaic art in Harris + Hoole coffee shop in St. Margarets. Its a fantastic coffee shop and a great venue for my mosaic art. They are extremely friendly, great coffee, yummy cakes and snacks. The lovely Steph (pictured below) and her team looked after me very well on the 2 Sunday’s that I was there demonstrating.

Sue visiting Open Studios

Sue visiting Open Studios

I sold some pieces and got a lot of enquiries about mosaic lessons and commissions from the steady stream of people who came to visit and see my work. Some friends popped by as well so all in all I was kept nice and busy and managed to get a lot done on the mosaic mirror that was my demonstration piece over the 2 weekends.

A huge THANK YOU to all of you that called in to see me. It has been great fun and I would love to be invited back again next year.

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, with Steph

Harris + Hoole Coffee Shop, with Steph

A GREAT BONUS: Steph from Harris + Hoole has invited me to exhibit my mosaic art at the coffee shop on a longer term basis and has allocated me 2 areas to display. Brilliant news – thank you Steph.

 

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COMING SOON: 8 years of mosaicing  – where I’m at now.

Anniversary Blog

New Website,  New Logo

New Website, New Logo

It is exactly a year ago since I decided to dip my toe into the cyberworld of Blogging.  I had hardly read any Blogs and didn’t really understand what they were. However, when I decided I wanted an updated website that I could easily add events and photos to, I realised that nowadays most wesbites come with a Blog automatically. So, always one for a challenge, it was time to give it a go.

Louise Honan of Digital Ealing who lives nearby and I had known for a while helped me in all things Blogging and she set up the website for me.

She was great at getting me to focus on:

  • why I wanted a new website – so I could update it myself, instant ease of use  for promoting events, a new look 
  • who my target audience would bepeople interested in mosaics, gallery owners, garden designers
  • messages I wanted to put therethis is what I do, this is what I can offer, requests for help etc.

The result is this website which I think, and I hope you will agree, is a great resource, user friendly, interesting and informative. I think it successfully gets across my mosaic story and progress over the past 8 years and you also get a bit of a feel for my personality and sense of fun. Do you agree – let me know.

If you are thinking of getting a Blog or Website, I can really recommend Louise. She is professional, extremely knowledgeable and fun to work with. She has a special skill for working with creative and artistic people and helping them to showcase their work and express themselves artistically. Here is a short bio on her in her own words:

Louise Honan

Louise Honan

“Born in Dublin, I now live and work in west London. I have over 15 years experience in the digital industry working with large and small companies in both Ireland and the UK. My interest in business and how technology continually impacts our social and economic activity eventually led me to a career in the digital sphere. I’ve worked in the retail, publishing and logistics sectors. I currently run a small digital consultancy called ‘Ealing Digital’ where I get to work with professionals, other business owners, creative types and generally very interesting people.”

EalingDigitalLtdHave a look at her website and see how Louise can help you to get Blogging. www.ealingdigital.co.uk

 

 

REQUEST:  Having Blogged for a year now, am I getting it right?  What would you like to see in these Blogs – more pictures, other mosaic info, anything else? Have your say by leaving a comment below or email me.

COMING SOON: Feedback from Open Studios event

 

 

 

 

New Improved Mosaic Website

 

As part of my January spring clean I have spent quite a lot of time amending and updating this website. Although I already had a mosaic website, I have decided that this is now going to be my main website and I will be directing all traffic to it via business cards, marketing materials etc.

Originally I wanted to use this website as a showcase for my mosaic photographs with a view to attracting some Galleries who may want to display my work. This is still a key aim. I also liked the idea of ‘Blogging’ and although I am very new to it, I seem to have loads of topics to chat about and people seem to like the Blog so I will continue with this.

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I am now going to use this site to promote other areas of my mosaic work and services, as well as listing useful mosaic contacts. Have a look at the additional pages I have added and let me know what you think. I’d also like you to let me know what else you would like to hear about – anything mosaic orientated is open for discussion. It is very easy for you to send me a message, just press on the ‘Leave a comment’ button at the bottom of this page. I usually reply quite quickly and I love hearing your views, comments and questions.

NEW TO VIEW

GALLERY: Log Cabin – the pictorial story of the project

GALLERY: Martin Cheek Challenge – pictures as I progress with the challenges

PROJECTS: Log Cabin – the story of the project

PROJECTS: All Original Shop – the shop in Ealing where I display and sell

CONTACT: Interesting Contacts including suppliers, mosaic bloggers

 

REQUEST: Do have a look at my new pages and let me know what you think

COMING SOON: Mosaic Lessons for Beginners

 

A Slow Mosaic Start to 2015

 

IMG_0763Like nearly everyone I know, I have been hit by the nasty bugs that seem to have been going round for ages and refuse to budge. Starting before Christmas with a sore throat and loss of voice, it progressed into a really bad cough and resulting in very low energy levels. This means I have pretty much been out of action all of January.

However, I’m a great believer that good can come from everything. As I have been housebound I took the opportunity to have a bit of a tidy up and tackle my admin. I have sorted out all the photos on my computer including mosaic ones as far back as 2009.  Its been really good fun looking back at them all and re-living those mosaic pieces. Its interesting to see how I have phases when I did a lot of outdoor pots or trivets and coasters.  Then followed a period where it was all lizards and frogs on rocks for outdoors.

I find it interesting to see how my style has changed and developed over the years, especially as I discovered new materials or techniques to try.

P1040795My most recent pieces of mosaic art seem to be long panels with an abstract style incorporating a range of materials including stained glass. These mosaics are particularly suitable for commissions  or to show in exhibitions or to display in a gallery.

Once I am fully recovered I aim to create a new range of mosaics, initially to sell in the shop but also as an outdoor range for people to commission. They will be based on a wildlife theme and I hope to show you a proto-type next time.

In the meantime, I hope you all remain germ free and are settling in to what I hope will be a great 2015 for us all.

COMING NEXT: Updates on the website.

 

 

 

Highlights from 2014

Firstly, best wishes to all my ‘Blog Followers’ for 2015.  I hope the year is healthy, happy, fun and successful for us all.

2014 was a great year for me both personally and mosaic-wise.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • exhibited at Court Farm Gallery (met the lovely Ania)
  • Richmond Open Studios (with Peter Oliver and other artists)
  • entered’ Art in the Garden’ competition (didn’t win!)
  • raffled ‘Hollyhocks’ mosaic, raised £1,250 for Log Cabin
  • completed ‘Log Cabin Community Mosaic Project’ after 2 years
  • found Bexhill home for Bexhill mosaic
  • started ‘The Martin Cheek Challenge’ – one down, a lot more to go!
  • completed and delivered ‘Amy’s Mosaic Fireguard’
  • created new ‘Beach House’ range of mosaics
  • been mosaicking for 7 years
  • got a new mosaic website – this one!
  • became a Blogger!
  • 301 Facebook Likes
  • ran several mosaic lessons
  • new supplier:  Mosaic Workshop – with Trolley Dollies
  • record number of commissions including 3 clocks and a giraffe
  • joined BAMM – British Society of Mosaic Makers

and on the personal front:

  • swam at the London Aquatic Olympic Pool
  • experienced the poppy installation at the Tower of London
  • celebrated a ‘very special birthday’

 

COMING SOON: what would YOU like to see coming soon?  If you would like more info on any of the above, please do let me know. Obviously I am keen to do Blogs on the subjects that interest you so do let me know.